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CityGAP is our experiential program for young people who want to connect with the world, explore their passions, master life skills, and make an impact with a supportive group of peers.

CityGAP provides a meaningful semester or year of achievement and exploration, launching participants on a more satisfying college or career path. Participants wrestle with the current challenges facing the city, engage with our partners (including city officials, artists, policymakers, journalists, performers, activists, entrepreneurs and more), and produce a portfolio of original work. CityGAP is designed for young people (18-25) who are open minded, self-aware, curious, and eager to explore, understand, and contribute to NYC.

CityGAP students giving presentation
CityGAP students at Leroy Street Studio

The semester is 14 weeks long including:

  • 4 week orientation looking at NYC's social geography, architecture, neighborhoods, and institutions though our 5  5 Living City Lenses

  • 10-12 week Group Project which vary each semester. See Participant Work for examples

  • (10-12 week Internship) second semester students may replace the Group Project work with an Internship at a partner organization

  • 10-12 week Independent Project where participants pursue a personal passion with our mentorship and guidance from our deep bench of partners. See Participant Work for examples.

Past participants have interned at City Council Legislative Division, RISE, SALTY Features, Loisaida Center, 291 Agency, Howl Archive, 34th Avenue Open Street, among others.


Project Cycles and Themes


The Form of the City: How are cities designed and how do urban form and architecture shape our destinies?

Resilient City: How can cities build back better in response to both acute crises and chronic challenges? 

The Just City: What are the ingredients of a just, diverse and equitable society and how do we achieve it?

City of Memory: How do cities build and rebuild their civic imagination and establish their identity? 

The City of Creativity: How does NYC inspire art and culture; and how do art and culture define NYC? 

LCP Pedagogy
CityGAP Semester Arc
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